Work Station with Storage

Work Station with Storage

This project provides an office and storage space for an A-frame room.


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Difficulty: Difficult

Materials
1" × 1½" × 90" pre-painted trim (trim A)
1" × 1½" × 78" pre-painted trim (trim B)
1" × 1½" × 30¾" pre-painted trim (waterfall trim)
18" × 114" storage unit found at a local furniture store
¾" × 36" × 90" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (tabletop A)
¾" × 36" × 78" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (tabletop B)
¾" × 36" × 30" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (waterfall edge)
Drill driver
2" wood screws
(3) 2" × 6" × 24" ledger boards (cut at 50-degree angle)
Pneumatic nail gun
16-gauge finishing nails
Wood glue

Steps

1. Attach the three 2" × 6" × 24" ledger boards to the wall. Usually you would use a stud finder to determine the placement for the ledgers; however, because this is an A-frame room, rafters are traditionally spaced 24" apart, which gives us a head start. Since our ledgers are 24" long, we can space the boards about 12" apart and have a likely chance to drill into a rafter

FAQ: What is a ledger board?
A ledger is a board or beam used to attach a new structure onto the frame of an existing wall.

2. Start by securing the ledgers with three 2" wood screws into each board: one on each end and one in the middle. Do this for all three boards



3. Roughly space the boards about 12" apart to provide ample support for the plywood



4. Slide in the storage unit 18" away from the top of the ledgers



5. Place the ¾" × 36" × 90" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (tabletop A) on top of the storage unit. Notice that the plywood rests on top of the ledger



6. Make sure that the plywood fits snug against the wall and corner



7. Secure the plywood onto the storage unit with the 2" wood screws. Insert four screws in a square formation under each of the shelving units





8. Lay the ¾" × 36" × 78" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (tabletop B) on top of the shelving unit, connecting it to the already-secured board. Notice that it will hang off the edge of the cabinet, which will provide a desk space. Secure this plywood strip with the 2" wood screws as in step 7





9. Apply one strip of wood glue onto the 36" side of the ¾" × 36" × 30" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (waterfall edge)



10. Connect the waterfall edge to the end of tabletop B so they look flush



11. Using the pneumatic nail gun, insert 16-gauge finishing nails along the connecting edge to secure the desk. The finishing nails can be spaced 2" apart





12. The hard part is over! Now it’s time to apply the trim as a finishing touch. Apply wood glue to the 1" × 1½" × 90" pre-painted trim (trim A), and attach it to tabletop A with the 16-gauge finishing nails



13. Repeat step 12 with the 1" × 1½" × 78" pre-painted trim (trim B), and attach it to tabletop B. Do the same with the 1" × 1½" × 30¾" waterfall trim and attach it to the waterfall edge board

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